Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sleeping with one eye open

This afternoon, I got the e-mail below from Denise, one of the authors of Baby Bargains, clarifying the record on the now-recalled Simplicity 3-in-1 crib that we bought based on the recommendation in BB, as I mentioned in my recent post. I also include my reply to her, to clarify what I was saying.

It's a good lesson for all of us in vigilance. As authors, they have to constantly check back on products they've already recommended to ensure that they are still up to snuff and then find a way to update their readers, which is hard to do when their recommendations are committed to print. As parents, we need to constantly check back on our sources and cross-check them against other sources to ensure that they're all on target and up-to-date.

As I told Denise, we still consider Baby Bargains the single best reference for parents and parents-to-be, but we also check it against other sources, including DaddyTypes and other parent blogs, as we assume parents everywhere do to ensure accuracy, timeliness, applicability, and other factors in our decisions.

Of course, we're also checking around for good bargains, since we're such cheapskates.

Hi there: We read your blog and noticed you said that we recommended a
Simplicity crib in our book, BABY BARGAINS.

Just for the record, we do NOT recommend any Simplicity cribs in the current
(7th) edition of BABY BARGAINS---we gave the brand a "D" rating and
specifically did NOT recommend their cribs. This book came out in April this
year, long before the recall that happened last week.

It is true that we did recommend Simplicity's cribs in a previous edition of
our book---the 6th edition that came out in 2005. But that was before the
first safety recall.

We're glad to hear you caught the defective side rail with your crib and had
it fixed (replaced).

Thanks for reading our book, BABY BARGAINS!
Alan & Denise Fields, authors

Is it OK with you if I post this as an update to my post in which I say that you recommend Simplicity cribs? [For the record, she said that it is OK.]

When we were pregnant (2005-06), we were using the 6th edition, which we found very helpful. I don't want readers to think that they can't trust BB, which is pretty much the bible of baby shopping. I just wanted my six loyal readers to know that we didn't just cheap out; we were basing our decision on something other than dollars.

However, I didn't mean to and I don't want to impugn the reputation of BB, since it's a valuable resource, and I want to ensure that other parents view it as such. I would hope that posting this message from you would allay any incorrect concerns readers might have had about BB after reading my post.

Thanks for your note, thanks for reading, and thanks for such a great resource.


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  1. Anonymous9:09 PM

    We love, love, LOVE Baby Bargains. In fact, we have all their albums (except that one with Yoko Ono.) Sorry, I'm a little confused. What were we talking about again? Ahh yes, Baby Bargains. Love it. Between that book, the CPSC, and my boy Greg, we're covered on all baby-related hardware.

    So cool that they contacted you, isn't it?

  2. Interesting. Do businesses do web searches to see what people are saying about them? How did they find your post? It's impressive that they took the time for follow-up like this.

  3. I'm guessing that they were running searches from the moment this news broke, but I don't know. There are also what amount to online clip services (similar to BurrellesLuce) that they might be using. Either way--if they contracted such a service or did the work themselves--I agree that their response has been impressive. As I told Denise, their ability to stay on top of this situation and respond in a friendly and timely manner is one more reason to love BB as a resource that saves parents time and hassle. As MD says, I can't wait for their next album about twins, Double Fantasy.